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After a childhood in Scotland, John studied at the Bartlett School in London, graduating with a First Class BSc(Hons). He went on to complete a DipArch at UCL, concluding with a Masters in Advanced Architectural Studies, working with what is now the Space Syntax Laboratory. This experience led to a concern for the link between building technology, texture and materiality, and spatial configuration - in short, the physical expression of architectural form.

Having spent nine years with Grimshaw, he established his own practice in Manchester, Arca. The practice continues to win awards for its work, with John still leading its design direction - seen as an essential facet of his teaching.

Since 2007, John has served on the CABE-affiliated 'Places Matter' Design Panel, responsible for reviewing schemes from across the north-west region, with the aim of improving design quality.

John has taught with the Continuity in Architecture unit since 2004, developing his interest in design techniques which regard cities and buildings as artifacts of socio-spatial activity. Working to investigate all aspects of context in a rigorous, inquisitive manner, the intention is to learn from traditional architectural means for achieving urban continuity.


A selection of recent research outputs.


Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2017. Bakewell : Some Ideas, Bakewell Town Hall, 16/6/2017.

Sanderson, L., Lee, SJ., Stone, SH., 2017. The Way We Live Now, Bakewell Town Hall, 24/2/2017.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2016. Bollington. Real : Imagined, Bollington Arts Centre, 22/5/2016.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2013. If on a Winter's Night a Traveller : The Drawings, Cartmel Priory, 17/6/2013.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2013. If on a Winter's Night a Traveller : The Models, RIBA HUB : Manchester, 19/6/2013.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2013. Oddments and Epigrams : Interventions in Bollington, Bollington Arts Centre.


Lee, SJ., 2011. 'The Parkkeeper's Hut', Manchester.

Book Chapters

Lee, SJ., 2014. 'Edge, Surface and Lining'. In Amoda, R., Lira, S. (eds.) REHAB 2014 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historical Buildings and Structures, Tomar, Portugal, 19-21 March, pp. 245-254, Green Lines Institute.


Stone, SH., Sanderson, L., Lee, SJ., 2017. 'Reclaiming the Road: Public Realm Improvement Proposals for Bollington in Cheshire'.

Other Outputs

Stone, SH., Sanderson, LM., Lee, SJ., 2017. 'The Way We Live Now : Symposium'.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2016. 'Time and Context'.

Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., Sanderson, L., 2014. 'Symposium : Contextualism Dead or Alive'.

John Lee